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Tampa’s national landmark historic district, Ybor City, will host the second annual Gancho Tampa Weekend benefiting Metro Wellness & Community Centers, Inc. Gancho Tampa is being held in conjunction with the historic 108 year old Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Festival as Tampa’s Gay Gasparilla celebration. The three day event will headline world famous DJ Abel, DJ Ralphi Rosario, DJ Oren Nizri, DJ Scorpio, and DJ Power Infiniti at spectacular parties and special events throughout the weekend.

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Tampa’s national landmark historic district, Ybor City, will host the second annual Gancho Tampa Weekend benefiting Metro Wellness & Community Centers, Inc. Gancho Tampa is being held in conjunction with the historic 108 year old Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Festival as Tampa’s Gay Gasparilla celebration. The three day event will headline world famous DJ Abel, DJ Ralphi Rosario, DJ Oren Nizri, DJ Scorpio, and DJ Power Infiniti at spectacular parties and special events throughout the weekend.

Main events will feature the Friday ‘Havoc Party’ with DJ Abel (Miami) spinning from 10 pm till 3 am at the Amphitheater Ybor and the Saturday ‘Gancho Party’ with DJ Ralphi Rosario (Chicago) spinning from 10 pm till 3 am at the historic Ritz Theater. An amalgam of heavy tribal beats and diva anthems, spectacular lighting, and eccentric performances by circuit legends Power Infiniti and Jojo Infiniti will make the event unlike anything Tampa has ever seen.

Other Gancho Tampa Weekend events include after hours events with DJ Power Infiniti (Tampa/Orlando) and DJ Scorpio (Atlanta), Saturday morning ‘Gasparilla Party’ at local retailer Urban Body, and the ‘Unleashed Closing Party’ at RISE on Sunday from 9 pm to 3 am with DJ Oren Nizri (Miami/Tel Aviv).

Event promoter, Manny Alvarez, from J.A.M. Promo said, “Last years Gancho Tampa was simply incredible. We had such a great turnout from Florida and the Southeast U.S. we hope the word spreads and more people visit Tampa for this year’s weekend of parties. Gasparilla Weekend is Florida’s Mardi Gras and what better time of year to hold an event like this than during Tampa’s biggest party weekend of the year.” He went on to say, “Gancho is a relatively new event on the circuit scene with a completely different vibe. It’s fresh, new, and unique.”

Event producer Tony LaColla said, “This event will help promote historic Ybor City and Tampa nationwide, benefit a local Tampa Bay area non-profit, and provide a party weekend unlike any other in the U.S..”

The Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Festival is considered Florida’s version of Mardi Gras. The day long festival is one of the longest running events of its kind in the country and features one of the largest parades in the United States with over 500,000 people along a 3.5 mile parade route. The celebration begins with the world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship sailing into the heart of Tampa Bay flanked by hundreds of pleasure craft and vessels and ends with a huge street party with live bands and vendors throughout downtown Tampa. The history and name of this Tampa tradition traces its roots back to the legendary antics of Jose Gaspar who reputedly patrolled the waters of West Florida during the late 18th century.

Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization and the nations fifth largest Gay & Lesbian community center serving the GLBT community throughout Tampa Bay. Metro Wellness is known for providing premier HIV services, counseling, social networking, and other health and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life and foster diversity within the community as a whole, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic status.

For more information on Gancho Tampa Weekend visit Ganchotampa.com For more information about the Gasparilla Pirate Festival visit Gasparillapiratefest.com

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